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Friday WNBA Links: Storm Improving; Mystics, Sky Look To Maintain Momentum Tonight

Yes, the Minnesota Lynx lost yesterday.

No, it's not time to panic, as Roman Augustoviz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune described.

So we'll start with links from somewhere else before getting to that.

  • Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune reports that Chicago Sky coach Pokey Chatman didn't rule out the possibility of making a change to the team's starting lineup after the bench played well against the Atlanta Dream on Sunday to help snap a four-game losing streak. For whatever it's worth, Mitchell noted that the Sky only had 4 turnovers in the second half and Swin Cash and Ruth Riley were the two starters whose minutes were limited. Read more >>>
  • Matt Breen of the Washington Post reports that Washington Mystics guard Shannon Bobbitt practiced fully on Thursday after suffering a neck sprain in Sunday's win against the Phoenix Mercury and will be available for today's game against the San Antonio Silver Stars. Read more >>>
  • Kevin Pelton of put together a statistical comparison of the Seattle Storm's first eight games and their last seven games to demonstrate how much they've improved in winning 6 of their last 7 games. Pelton reports that the players think part of of the problem early on was a lack of comfort with one another. Read more >>>
  • Michelle Smith of espnW reports that coach Cheryl Reeve doesn't agree with those who say the Minnesota Lynx don't have any weaknesses - Reeve cites the 13-3 team's defense and hunger being inferior to last year's. After yesterday's loss to the Los Angeles Sparks in which Kristi Toliver tied a career-high with 29 points, Reeve said, "It was an easy game for them and they made our defense look silly." Read more >>>
  • Melissa Rohlin of the L.A. Times reports that Sparks guard Kristi Toliver was bothered by her scoreless performance against the San Antonio Silver Stars last Thursday and came into yesterday's game against the Lynx ready to get herself back on track. Read more >>>
  • The Los Angeles Sparks announced yesterday that they have signed guard Andrea Riley, who they drafted eighth overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft. Riley was most recently released by the Phoenix Mercury after playing for the Tulsa Shock last season. Read more >>>
  • Marc Allard of the Norwich Bulletin reports that Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles' is likely to get her 1,000th rebound around the Olympic break if she maintains the pace she has been on thus far this season. Allard conducted interviews with Charles, teammate Asjha Jones, and coach Mike Thibault who talk about rebounding effort being a skill that might be taken for granted. Read more >>>
  • The Washington Post reports that in the past three Summer Olympics, 64 of the U.S. team’s 1,707 athletes have been age 40 and older — and they won 23 medals. Here, they take a look at which sports skew young and which have more longevity and ask, "In which events might you still have a chance this summer?" Read more >>>
  • Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wonders, "Why, why, why is it so common in women’s sports to compare to the men?" Taking aim at's recent article about Player Impact Estimate, he rightly points out that nobody makes those comparisons in swimming or tennis. (Full disclosure: I think he raises a good question, but as a long-time NBA fan, I actually do make NBA-WNBA comparisons on occasion, most recently in comparing Lynx guard Seimone Augustus' mid-range shooting numbers to the entire NBA. Was that necessary? Let me know.) Read more >>>

Feel free to add your favorite links from the day in the comments as well as your reactions to yesterday's games or additional insights about tonight's.